Man Who Spent 45 Years in Prison for a Wrongful Conviction Will Receive $1.5 Million

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Richard Phillips

A man from Michigan who spent 45 years in prison before he was exonerated of murder in March 2018 will receive $1.5 million from the state.

The Michigan Attorney General’s office said in a statement on Friday, May 17, that Richard Phillips, 73, will receive $1.5 million from the state. Phillips was exonerated of murder in 2018 and has become the longest-serving US incarcerated person to be cleared, CNN reported.

“Conceding that no system is perfect, the government’s public recognition and overturning of the convictions of these men helps to foster a healing process and assures Michiganders that the government — regardless of fault — will take ownership of its errors,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said. “Reentering society is profoundly difficult for wrongfully convicted individuals and we have an obligation to provide compassionate compensation to these men for the harm they suffered. I’m proud our office…

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  • cwright04

    After losing 46 years of his life, they only give him $1.5 million? Are you kidding me? That time lost from his life is worth so much more than $32k a year.

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